CAMDENTON, Mo. – The Board of Aldermen is steering to change building codes impacting dock owners. The Board voted Tuesday to approve the first reading of a bill to amend code to prevent lakefront electrocution. Specifically, it requires compliant breakers and forces the disconnection of non-compliant systems.
Sandy Osborn asked the a second reading be delayed until March to give Aldermen and the public time to review the proposed changes to Chapter 500, Section 500-030H.
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Electrical engineers and local electricians in collaboration with Ameren Missouri developed the current code in 2005-06.
They now need revisions consistent with surrounding jurisdictions and according to the National Electrical Code 2011 that requires a “readily Accessible Location [for] the service disconnect … outside of every building and structure, [including] remodels … unless the Code Official or his designee exempts it from the requirement. Each occupant shall have access to the disconnect serving the building, structure or space.”
In addition, the service disconnect shall be a breaker type switch “within six (6) feet of the entrance ramp and at the height of forty-two (42) inches above finished grade or surface.” Furthermore, “existing service or feeder service conductors to a dock not meeting the current requirements shall not continue as installed.” source Lake Expo 2/23/2016